superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, fig, date, caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, dark candi sugar, brown bread, clove, banana, chocolate, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark malt, fruit, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, dark candi sugar, chocolate, clove, banana, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, dark candi sugar, brown bread, chocolate, clove, banana, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark malt, fruit, and yeast ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of dark malt, fruit, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, caged & corked. Big, dark pour. Only a thin head. Rich with dark fruit, dates and prunes, but also quite drinkable, not over the top in any regard, and cleanly done. Smooth. Hides the 8% quite well. Decent. (#5313, 11/5/2013)
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up in NYC recently for 2 bucks, so how could I resist? Pours with a fairly dark garnet-brown pour and a thin fast-fading head. The nose is pretty nice. Lots of dark stewed fruit, figs and a molasses like rum note. Softly spicy yeast with a bit of warming alcohol. Itís got a lingering sweetness but it certainly isnít cloying at all. A touch of mint and some herbal notes, but itís generally malt dominated. The yeast is restrained (which is actually quite good in this case). A whole lot better than Iíd thought it would be.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown body with a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruit sugars and a bit of yeast - fairly nice. Medium-bodied; Assertive sweetness up front with candy sugar, some pit fruits and raisins, a little bit of yeast and a good alcohol warmth at the end. Aftertaste shows mostly pit fruit sweetness, a bit of earthiness and a prolonged yeastie flavour that shows well. Overall, a nice beer that has a good flavour profile, if not super complex, but a good beer to sample. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased a few hours earlier today at New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 01-November-2013 for US$3.00, sampled in my hotel room here in New York on 01-November, yes this 750 mL bottle was purchased for 3 DOLLARS!
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Murky brown with a short, foamy tan head. Strong figs, candi sugar and dark fruit notes in the aroma with caramel and sweet malt as well Taste is dark fruits, honey, candi sugar, sweet malt notes, caramel, yeast and hints of brown sugar. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation and a mild sugary stickiness. Ends with more dark fruit, candi sugar, brown sugar, sweet malt, caramel, hints of black cherries and yeast.
Beergeek23322 (1730) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Dark brown color with a small offwhite head. Aromas of dried fruit, roasted malt, spice and yeast. Sweet flavors of fruit and brown sugar. Semi-sweet finish with a bit of alcohol showing through.
keanex (1144) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: The body is hazy with a brown hue and thereís not much head, just a thin tan coating that becomes sparse.
Aroma: The aroma is sweet with banana, fig, brown sugar and light cloves. Very enticing!
Taste: This beer has a big and sweet body that is noticeable instantly. Banana and fig are strong with a sweet and syupy malt base that is prominent with brown sugar that peaks towards the finish. Cloves are light throughout, accenting the body nicely. The finish is reminiscent of grape cough medicine though and it lingers for a bit which hurts the experience a little.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a pleasant surprise, a well done beer from Magic Hat! This isnít Rochefort or St. Bernardus, but itís very palatable and very enjoyable.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft copper garnet brown pour with 1-2 fingers of creamy khaki tan head. Ethereal dark fruit and sweet spice in the nose. Rich fruity esters, candyish. Touch of alcohol and prune. Rich and forward with dark fruit and sweet spice. A touch of alcoholic intensity. Dried fruit. Dark candy sugar. Candyish sweet finish.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-04-29. Crisp dark amber body with a nice beige head and lace. 3+ Sweet aroma, pleasant dark fruit, dates, raisins and figs, light yeast. Flavour is similarly sweet and fruity, dark fruit, brown sugar and candi sugar, notes of oatmeal with brown sugar on it! Light yeasty undertones. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Pretty good. Needs a little more oomph overall for my preference, but I like the direction it is going in. Sampled at the brewery
tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From AC Beer Fest 2013. The aroma is sweet, malty, candi sugar, fruit. The appearance is opaque dark brown/red, off white head. The flavor is sweet, fruit, candi sugar. Medium in body, slightly thick. The finish is sweet, with pine needles following. Nicely done.